Critical Consciousness-Based HIV Prevention Interventions for Black Gay and Bisexual Male Youth

TitleCritical Consciousness-Based HIV Prevention Interventions for Black Gay and Bisexual Male Youth
Publication TypePublication
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsHarper GW, Jadwin-Cakmak L, Cherenak E, Wilson P
Corporate AuthorsAdolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions
JournalAm J Sex Educ
Volume14
Issue1
Pagination109-133
Date Published2019
ISSN1554-6128
Abstract

Black gay/bisexual male youth are one of the groups most affected by HIV in the U.S., but few behavioral interventions have been created specifically to address this health inequity. Oppression related to these youths' multiple social identities - including racism, heterosexism, and HIV stigma - contribute to increased health risks. Primary and secondary HIV prevention interventions created specifically for Black gay/bisexual male youth that address the negative impact of oppression are urgently needed. We present empowerment as a framework for understanding how oppression affects health, and critical consciousness as a tool to be utilized in behavioral interventions. This approach helps to move Black gay/bisexual male youth from a place of oppression and powerlessness that leads to elevated health risks to a position of empowerment that promotes feelings of control and participation in healthy behaviors. Finally, we present a case example of our own critical consciousness-based secondary HIV prevention intervention created specifically for Black gay/bisexual male youth.

DOI10.1080/15546128.2018.1479668
Alternate JournalAm J Sex Educ
PubMed ID30956625
PubMed Central IDPMC6448792
Grant ListR34 MH095571 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040474 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD040533 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States